Successfully lead large projects with the master's degree in management with a specialization in project management.
The Master of Science in management with a specialization in project management from University of Maryland University College allows you to develop advanced business management skills while building expertise for project management certification.
These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2018–2019 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.
About the Management Master's Degree with Project Management Specialization
The project management specialization curriculum is aligned with certifications from the Project Management Institute. Your courses will include project risk management, project procurement management, and advanced project methods, while core management courses will give you the tools you need to take on leadership roles in today's workplace. You'll complete a comprehensive project in an industry you select to gain experience and learn relevant skills you can apply immediately in the workplace.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Initiate, plan, track, and close projects
- Manage the schedule of a complex project and conflicts that arise
- Perform quantitative analyses and manage risks involved in complex projects
- Coach and mentor employees
- Manage culturally diverse work environments
- Assess performance at the individual, group, and organization levels
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Complete a team project using cash flow analysis, scheduling projects based on resource availability, resource leveling, expediting projects, quantitative risk analysis, and techniques for estimating actual versus expected project duration and cost
- Proactively manage issues that adversely impact the successful scope, scheduling, control, and completion of a project
This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams:
Management Master's Degree with Project Management Specialization Requirements
Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.
Master's - specialization Courses
- UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
- MGMT 630
- MGMT 640
- MGMT 650
Core Rules & Recommendations
- MGMT 630 or MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits.
- MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be taken at the same time.
- If you don't have recent statistics experience, take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650.
- If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640.
- PMAN 634
- PMAN 635
- PMAN 637
- PMAN 638
- PMAN 639
- PMAN 641
- PMAN 650
Specialization Rules & Recommendations
- PMAN 634 is a prerequisite to all other PMAN courses and must be taken as the first specialization course.
- MGMT 640 (or an approved course in finance) and MGMT 650 (or an approved course in statistics) must be taken before PMAN 635.
- PMAN 635 must be taken before PMAN 637, PMAN 639, and PMAN 650.
- MGMT 670
Capstone Rules & Recommendations
You must complete 24 credits, including all core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.
- You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
- All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
- Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
This program is designed to help prepare you for work in project coordination, project management, and potentially program management.
Experience Recommended for Success in the Program
We recommend you have a background in statistics, finance, and accounting. If you don't have recent statistics experience, we recommend you take UCSP 630. If you lack a background in finance or accounting, we recommend you take UCSP 620. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.
Quality Assurance Recognition
Individuals who complete this program earn project management education hours required to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Credential Examination or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam.
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Faculty members in this program hold or have recently held positions including
- Program manager
- Project manager
- Quality assurance manager
- Risk manager
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- Bell Labs
- General Dynamics
- National Defense University
- U.S. Air Force
- U.S. Department of Defense